Self can be viewed as the programming language for programming prototypes or software systems. The programmer writes programs in Self as though they were first-person accounts or personal diary entries. Each document or program is stored as an instance of the program object that created it.
Self is designed for the use of programmers who need to create their own programming environment. This environment can include such things as a virtual machine, libraries, or even a language interpreter. Self can be used for all types of programming, including data driven programming, embedded systems, distributed systems, and web services.
Self is built around the idea of object oriented programming (OOP) and generative programming. OOP refers to the ability to create reusable objects, while generative programming refers to the ability to create programs using data structures, which are reusable but not reusable themselves. In order to use both concepts, the programmer must first learn the techniques involved with OOP and generative programming.
Self uses generic and OOP programming techniques and data structures to achieve its purpose. These data structures are used as the basis for generating a number of programs in different languages. When the programs are executed, the generated programs are evaluated and compiled into a single output program.
In Self, you can define functions as objects. You can also define a number of functions with an optional signature, which can be optional. Functions may not only accept and return a value, but can be used to change the result of a function. If you change the value of a function argument, the function itself will be modified.
The type of Self programming is the type of programming environment used by the user. Self can be used as either a language interpreter, where the programmer works with the type of object that corresponds to the type of function, or as an environment that has an interpreter attached.
Self programming is a very powerful and flexible programming language, with the ability to use prototypes and generative programming. to make programs. Self is very useful in teaching and researching programming, as well as it can be used as an embedded language in a larger application.
Self has several tools for generating functions. The generator can be used to compile a language into a compact form, allowing one to use the code of one language in an environment that has already been created for another language. It is also possible to write in a small set of code and use the compiler to generate functions in an environment that was created for the language in question.
In the generation of functions, one has to keep track of different parameters. These parameters can be parameters in a function itself, or they can be parameters on the parameters list used by the compiler. An object oriented approach to self programming is needed here.
A type system must be in place to make it possible to build functions with the use of generative and OOP programming concepts. The type system is an essential part of the Self programming environment. The type system is designed to allow the programmer to express the types of objects in the environment. These types are then stored in variables and used as part of the program.
A language supports generative programming and can be used to generate programs, when it is used to generate programs from a model of the world. This model can be built using OOP and generative programming concepts.
A compiler is needed for this type of programming. In Self, it is a language, which helps the programmer by taking the generated code and converting it into a format that can be used for programming. and embedded in an existing language.